[TIP] testing: why bother?

Benji York benji at benjiyork.com
Wed Mar 23 07:12:47 PDT 2011

On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM, John Arbash Meinel
<john at arbash-meinel.com> wrote:
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> On 3/23/2011 2:06 PM, Alfredo Deza wrote:
>> Hi list,
>> I am about to give a presentation about testing in a couple of days and
>> the audience is in its majority a
>> "we do not write tests" one :(
> You do ad-hoc testing all the time. Everyone does for any work they do
> (you did at least check that it works when you were done, right? That's
> a test).
> If you can automate the ad-hoc tests that everyone is doing, you get to
> do them 'for free' and save yourself the time of actually remembering
> all the different tests that you want to do against a given piece of code.

+1  I try to remind myself when I test something manually to consider
whether it should be automated.  It helps me identify the right things
to test.

Benji York

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